Category Archives: Cycling

Tour de France crash 2021: fan avoids jail amid court case

The spectator behind one of the biggest pile-ups in Tour de France history appeared in court charged with injuring dozens of riders but seemed set to avoid jail after prosecutors demanded a suspended sentence.

The 31-year-old French woman, whose identity was withheld after she was targeted by a torrent of online abuse, has already told prosecutors of being ashamed at her “stupidity” for causing what some dubbed the “worst crash ever seen”in the famous race.

Wearing a blue sweater, she fled the scrum of journalists waiting at the courthouse in Brest, in western France.

But the presiding judge rejected a request by her lawyer to have the trial held behind closed doors.

While jail time was a real possibility, the prosecution requested that she be given a four-month suspended sentence on the charges of endangering lives and causing unintentional injuries.

Under French law she could have faced a fine of up to 15,000 euros ($AUD23,00) and a year in prison for the charges.

Prosecutor Solenn Briand acknowledged that she had recognised “how dangerous” her conduct had been and had expressed regret.

— Read on www.news.com.au/sport/cycling/twist-in-case-of-fan-who-caused-worst-crash-ever-seen-in-tour-de-france/news-story/3448e9c7c1040ea0e253eb2632f22278

Brownie Bytes doesn’t agree with this outcome. Turning the perpetrator into the victim is ridiculous. She caused real harm by her foolish actions to get attention. A slap on the wrist and suspended sentence is morally wrong and sends a message to her and foolish fans that anything goes at races.

Tour de France fan who caused huge opening day crash goes on trial – France 24

Ouest-France reported the charges include a possible one-year jail sentence.

The hits keep coming for the spectator, with the professional cyclists union also taking legal action against her to pursue compensation for the injured riders.

Four riders were unable to continue in the second stage of the event as a result of injuries they sustained in the crash. 26 riders in total were listed as injured in the Tour’s official record.

The CPA released a statement to announce it is seeking symbolic compensation of $1.50 (one euro).

Tour de France fan who caused huge opening day crash goes on trial
— Read on http://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20211014-tour-de-france-fan-who-caused-huge-opening-day-crash-goes-on-trial

Paris-Roubaix 2021 – Rain forecast a titanic battle

Paris-Roubaix bicycle race has cobblestone “roads” most of the way. Slippery when wet. Throw in the mud along this 160 mile race today and it’s the toughest 1 day cycling race in the world.

https://www.paris-roubaix.fr/en/

Olympic Men’s Cycling Roadrace Results

Reshuffling the #TourDeFrance podium at the #Olympics. This time 1. Richard Carapaz 2. Wout van Aert 3. Tadej Pogacar.

USA finished best ever 6th place! Way to go Brandon McNulty!!

#cycling #cyclinglife #roadrace #OlympicCycling #olympics2021

Major Taylor – Cycling Superstar 1890’s – 1900’s

Check out this article from USA TODAY:

Racism broke him, but Black cycling superstar Major Taylor is getting his moment.

Unable to race at home, Taylor toured Europe and broke world records. At 22 he was going from country to country, taking on the fastest racer there in $10,000 match races, and winning. Thousands of fans came to these velodromes to watch Taylor travel at speeds approaching 40 mph. He was, pressure and prejudice. He was still living in Massachusetts, attempting various comebacks before retiring in 1910 at age 32, and then this man who had won so much began to lose: his wife, his fortune, his health.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/cycling/2021/07/03/major-taylor-americas-first-black-cycling-superstar-gets-his-moment/7826062002/

Tour de France spectator who caused crash with sign in Stage 1 arrested

The fan still has not been publicly identified.

Officials in the Brittany region of France have reportedly arrested a fan wanted in connection with a massive crash at the Tour de France. 

The fan held up a large cardboard sign while stepping out into the path of oncoming cyclists on Saturday, the first day of the multi-day race. Video of the race shows the woman was looking toward cameras and away from the pack of riders. 

Her sign read “go grandma and grandpa” in French. 

The sign hit one of the riders near the front of the pack. The cyclist fell, leading to more crashes as riders behind him fell.

The crash was significant, taking down or slowing down dozens of riders. The race was held up for several minutes as bicycles and people were detangled.

— Read on www.cbssports.com/general/news/tour-de-france-spectator-who-caused-crash-with-sign-in-stage-1-arrested/

Tour de France 2021: Fan with sign causes major crash; what does ‘allez opi-omi’ mean?

BrownieBytes Take: Typical idiot spectator trying to get a selfie with a sign causes a disaster crash on the first day. Arrest her! The stupid sign had something to do with her grandparents. Dox the idiot. Her actions wrecked a professional cyclist that has trained for years for this race and she stole that time and effort. As a former racer, nothing makes me more angry than a selfish spectator.

Jasha Sütterlin was forced to withdraw from the race due to an injury sustained in the crash, according to @LeTour.

Most riders were able to continue on after the sign incident, but Jasha Sutterlin had to leave the race because of the crash, according to NBC Sports. 

The Tour de France tweeted later that while it is happy to have spectators on hand to take in the race, it wanted fans to “respect the safety of the riders” and not to “risk everything for a photo or to get on television.”

Sporting News

https://www.sportingnews.com/us/athletics/news/tour-de-france-2021-fan-sign-crash-allez-opi-omi/r230uew3fe7n15v3eyfbd353o

CyclingDiet Product Review

By: R. Michael Brown, Freelance Writer [Follow on Facebook: @RMichaelBrownLLC]
📸: Let Ideas Compete is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

After joining a bunch of Facebook cycling groups I started to receive ads for CyclingDiet. You may be getting them too because you are part of the Facebook groups or post about cycling.

As a former US Olympic Cycling Coach and professional freelance writer, I thought I would take a look at their plan and write a review to be helpful to other cyclists.

The bottom line, BUYER BEWARE!

According to their Facebook ads and their Facebook page [@cyclingdietforweightloss] they say, “Fun, easy, and safe way to lose weight! Find what will work for you with 60-sec quiz approved by cycling coaches and experts and get your personalized plan & diet!”

So I purchased the program to check it out and it cost $66… not including the international charges because the company is based in Lithuania (Didn’t know that when I registered).

In addition I paid an extra, $4.99, to get the “rush” evaluation on the quiz I took. They say the personal evaluation is done by cycling coaches and experts.

I signed up as a beginner to see what they were teaching new cyclists. When I received my plan it included some generic daily workouts for before and after stretching, calisthenics, and bicycle training. You could easily come up with these on your own via the web for free.

But when I got to the diet part, and you are led to believe with a name like CyclingDiet this is the robust part of their offering, all it had was a Cycling Recipe book in a PDF showing calorie amounts for the few dozen recipes they provided. No daily plan, no meals to sync with the daily cycling and off-day workouts, no technology to track your calories… Just two mentions above the recipe “book” that showed total daily calories you should stay within to maintain weight and total calories you should target to lose weight.

Honestly, you could buy a paperback weight loss cookbook for under $10 and get more information.

What they sent me is what their “cycling coaches and experts” came up with?

After working with Olympic cycling sports nutritionists and many nutritionists over the years on my own diet and my daughter’s because she has Type 1 Diabetes, the CyclingDiet isn’t a diet or diet plan by any stretch of the imagination.

The whole plan is basically – stay under 1,500 calories a day and you add it up on your own. Oh, and exercise a lot. Not worth $5 let alone $66.

If you’re used to MyFitnessPal, Fitbit, WeightWatchers, or the many other online programs, CyclingDiet looks like a bad joke.

Plus, when I attempted to get a refund after telling them the deficiencies in their product, they gave me some back and forth customer support static and said they would refund only half ($33) and it may take 2 weeks to process.

So just to check on them by doing a Google search, turns out the company for CyclingDiet, UAB Kilo Grupė, in the first few Google results, are about “unauthorized charges” and scam alerts.

Now I’m going to have to watch my PayPal and bank accounts to see what happens.

They buy a lot of online ads. They’re everywhere. I blocked them.

As you can imagine, I won’t recommend this product. Far from it.

In fact this is the best $33, hopefully, I’ve ever spent if it helps you not fall for this waste of your time and money.

If you need a diet, talk to your medical doctor or a licensed nutritionist. They work with you and legitimate online programs for you to evaluate, plan, and track your diet. That’s the safest and will get you the best results.

Happy cycling!

For more free reviews and stories go to BrownieBytes.net

What an Olympic Medalist, Homeless in Seattle, Wants You to Know

By Scott Greenstone, Seattle Times staff reporter

When Rebecca Twigg was 7, she rode a bike for the first time. There were no training wheels, but Twigg took off like she’d done it in a previous life. She fell only when she realized she didn’t know how to stop, and steered into a wall.

“I took to the road like I was born to do it,” Twigg says today. “Except for the little part about stopping. I’m not a very good planner.”

The Seattle-raised athlete went on to become one of the most famous American cyclists in the ’80s and ’90s, winning six world championships and medaling in two Olympics. She appeared on cycling magazine covers, in sponsor ads and in features in Sports Illustrated and Vanity Fair.

Rebecca Twigg was the darling of the cycling scene in the 1980’s & 90’s

But then, in 1996, she left the team abruptly during the Olympics and the next year, retired from cycling. She re-entered the workforce. It didn’t work out.

“Once you’ve done something that feels like you’re born to do it, it’s hard to find anything that’s that good of a fit,” Twigg says today. “Anything else that feels that way.”

Rebecca Twigg has now been without a home for almost five years in Seattle, living first with friends and family, then in her car, then in homeless shelters and then, for a night, under garbage bags on the street downtown. She hasn’t had a bike for years, and no one recognizes her anymore, she says.

See More [Seattle Times]

BrownieBytes Take

I was in the US Olympic Cycling Coaching Program in the late 1980’s and early 90’s and met Rebecca once and saw her working out many times in Colorado Springs at the Olympic Training Center. She seemed to be a very dedicated and down-to-earth person. It’s a shame that this has happened to her.

So many athletes put it all on the line with very little financial backing during their amateur athletic career. Once that career is over most don’t have any financial backing and struggle to reinvent themselves. I speak from experience on this, both as a reinvented athlete and coach. Reinvention skills are the key to life.

— R. Michael Brown

Finally Got Back on the Road Bike Today after Years of Riding the Fat Tire Bike

Freelance writer R. Michael Brown started riding his road bicycle again.

By R. Michael Brown, Marketing Consultant & Freelance Writer

Even though I have over 150,000 miles riding a road bike. my Specialized was like riding a foreign ice skate. Took over 30 minutes before I got comfortable on it again.

Had it refurbished with new wheels and tires, new handlebar tape and tuned up by Bicycle World Lake Worth.

Freelance writer R. Michael Brown's Fat Tire bicycle.
Retiring the Fat Tire for now. Back on the road.

They did a great job and ran info a familiar face, Jeffrey Langlois, a former photojournalist at the Palm Beach Daily News. We covered a lot of the same stories in the Town of Palm Beach. Small world.

So I’ll be riding that road bike again, hopefully a lot. Need the exercise.